CHRISTMAS is set to arrive in Peebles as the town gears up for its Switch On event on Sunday.

Peebles Christmas Lights Association has worked tirelessly to ensure that the lights and market fill the town with colour and festive cheer.

On Sunday (November 26) the Christmas market along the High Street will open at 3pm, with performances by Nomad Beat, The Taylor Brothers, Kingsland Primary School choir, and Peebles Ex-Servicemen’s Pipe Band across the festive afternoon.

And at 5.30pm Beltane Queen Minnie Mitchell, with the help of Father Christmas, will switch on the lights. In addition to the market, there will be funfair rides and a Santa’s grotto.

The Christmas lights have once again been sponsored by Stobo Castle.

This weekend will have plenty of opportunities to find the perfect gift for loved ones, or something special for yourself.

Shoppers will be spoilt for choice with stalls selling pottery, Tweed Valley Gin, Tweed Valley Venison, and much more.

And this year the Christmas Lights Association has partnered with Peebles and District Round Table which will be collecting donations on Sunday afternoon to be divided between the two organisations.

Funds donated to Peebles Christmas Lights Association will help cover vital costs and see the event continue to grow.

On Saturday, December 2, Nomad Beat will host its Christmas Coffee Morning and Craft Fair in the Burgh Hall from 10am-4pm. The fair will include stalls from a range of local vendors as well as having a raffle, tombola, and a homebaking stall. Tea and coffee will also be available during the fair.

Entry to the fair will be £1.50.

Then on Sunday, December 3, at the Drill Hall, shoppers can enjoy the Peebles Christmas Makers Market from 10am-4pm.

With more than 30 stalls selling a range of gifts, treats, festive wreaths, and more, you’re bound to find something amazing for family and friends.

There will also be the chance to write a letter to Santa before meeting him in person.

Meeting the big man and having a photo taken costs £2.50 (cash only) and all proceeds will go towards The Dyslexic Collective – a new group set up at Peebles High School to support pupils with different learning styles.